High kitty

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We all know that catnip is a cat's drug of choice, but did you know that it also has a long and honorable history as a culinary and medicinal herb? Before England began to import tea from China, catnip tea was very popular (steep three teaspoons in a cup of boiling water for a few minutes) It's calming and relaxing, with a light minty flavor.  You might throw some chopped catnip leaves into a green salad for a change of pace. Oh - by the way, if your cat begins hissing aggressively after exposure to catnip, he/she is overdosing!

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  • The buds of the blossoms are the part Of the plant that Cats really go for. Some might like the leaves but the active chemical that produces the "high" in cats is found primarily in the blossom parts of the plant.

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